Commencement Information for Faculty

Update:

Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, May 7, we’ve decided to move the undergraduate commencement ceremony indoors to Heiges Field House and host two separate ceremonies as outlined below.

This change is made with an abundance of caution to provide the very best experience possible for our graduates and guests and to provide advanced notice so you may adjust your travel and celebration plans. 

Tickets are required for each undergraduate ceremony and only ticket holders will be admitted. Tickets have been issued to students and no additional tickets are available. Guests without tickets may view a live stream of the ceremony. 

Graduate Commencement Ceremony – May 6, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. 
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies – May 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The spring commencement ceremonies are May 6 for graduate students and May 7 for undergraduate students. Undegraduate members of the John L. Grove College of Business and the College of Education & Human Services will participate in the 11:00 a.m. ceremony. Members of the College of Arts & Sciences will participate in the 3:00 p.m. ceremony. 

  • Faculty Participation: The Commencement Committee encourages faculty to participate. An email will be sent to determine the number of faculty participants in order to provide an accurate count of required seats.  Please respond to the email if you plan to participate in the faculty procession. 
      
  • Cap and Gown: Faculty members who wish to order academic regalia are asked to contact the University Store at ext. 1600 from on campus or 717-477-1600 from off campus. If you would like to attend, but do not wish to order regalia, there is a robe sharing program in the APSCUF office.  Please contact the office to arrange a loaner.      

  • Diploma Presentation: If you want to present a diploma cover to a family member or a student who is graduating, please email commencement@ship.edu by April 29. Please include the graduate’s name and college in the email.

  • Robing: For the undergraduate ceremony faculty will assemble 30 minutes prior to ceremony. 

  • Academic Procession: The mace bearer will lead the processional followed by members of the 50-year class, graduates, faculty, trustees, administrators, and then the platform party.  Faculty who elect not to recess so they may meet with graduates are asked to step aside so other faculty may continue in the recessional.

Should you have any questions concerning your participation in the undergraduate ceremony, please e-mail commencement@ship.edu.  

Should you have any questions concerning your participation in the graduate ceremony, please contact Brian Johnson at BJJohnson@ship.edu.